Dec. 24, 2004

Volume 24, Number 17

ON THE COVER:
news

Soldier's Heart

Thousands of Iraq War veterans will come home to face serious psychological problems and a system unready to help them

BY DAN FROSCH

DPS Slapped in 'Troopergate' Verdict

Jury finds that agency rigged a 2001 promotional exam to favor good ol' boys

BY JORDAN SMITH

Weed Watch

Iowa drug czar says killer (!) marijuana is wreaking havoc

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bar Targeted in APD Bike-Wreck Probe

TABC, DPS, and APD all looking at circumstances of Jacobsons' fatal accident.

BY JORDAN SMITH

High-Powered Help for Hospital District

But can slick, GOP-friendly HillCo defend the public interest?

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The True Cost of Empire

The sacrifices of U.S. soldiers represent only an installment on the payments due

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Highway Ho-Ho-Ho!

As concrete Christmas arrives, who's got the last laugh now?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

On The Lege

Sunset proposal to do away with agency gets optimistic response on all sides

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Jim spreads some holiday cheer

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Eat, Memory

The Food staff on their fondness for holidays past: epiphanies, friendship, near-disaster, disaster, and always a full plate

Food-o-File

The Drafthouse draws a big-name chef; plus, V.B.W. is giving you a big gift basket of foodie news for Christmas!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Mighty Fine

Dixiecrat Jesse Dayton ain't banging his head against a wall

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

DVDnds

Gift guide

Dreck the Halls

Gift guide

TCB

Going Braless in city of Small Stars and smashed guitars

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Maestro and Muse

Jean-Pierre on 'A Very Long Engagement'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Woo, All Right Now, And Don't It Feel Like You're Going Bald and Homicidal!

Thirty years later, Jeff Lieberman is still walking on 'Blue Sunshine'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

Every Word Is True: Austin lands a Killer production; plus, Joe Conway 'Rocks,' Rodriguez wraps, and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Navigating the 'multicultural mess' of the holidays on the tube takes a sense of humor and taking ourselves less seriously; plus Paul Stekler gets a big nod from the Writers Guild of America

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

The plodding stage musical finally comes to the big screen, its relentlessly bombastic score intact with a vengeance.

The Aviator

Scorsese's best film in years is a work of bravura, classic Hollywood filmmaking.

Fat Albert

Bill Cosby's animated kids get a live-action makeover.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Bill Murray won't get the elusive Oscar for this one – for all its visual majesty, The Life Aquatic is too slight – but the film is nevertheless a funny, bewildering, and giddy spectacle.

Meet the Fockers

You can Fockerize Meet the Parents all you want, but this new movie is a lame sequel to the comic hit of 2000.

A Very Long Engagement

The director of Amélie reunites with that film's star, Audrey Tautou, for this World War One love story.
arts & culture

Just Like a Woman

How the men of Naughty Austin's 'Pageant' get their glam on

BY BARRY PINEO

Report From Art Basel

Texans find a place with the art world elite in Art Basel Miami Beach

BY JACQUELINE MAY

Culture Flash!

The new Whole Foods will be getting some tasty new art, the Blanton just needs another $12 million, and where in the world is the Cultural Arts office

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Christmas Carol Roasting on an Open Fire

In A Christmas Carol Roasting on an Open Fire, Rob Nash adds a clever curve to the holiday tale, matching Hollywood stars with Dickens' familiar characters

Rockin' Christmas Party

This year's 'Rockin' Christmas Party' is flashy fun with an onslaught of seasonal classics and popular rock songs that aim to tickle those humbugs away

'"Twister: Moving Through Color, 1965-1976"'

"Twister: Moving Through Color, 1965-1976" looks at artists of that era who took the road less traveled, continuing to investigate painting with spatial illusions and other perceptual tricks
columns

Page Two

Acting as if God partakes in partisan or national politics is a display of blasphemy, not faith

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

Despite the change in inhabitants, the buildings, people, and mood of the old immigrant neighborhoods haven't changed. The streets still whisper the same cautionary advice: Survive and get out.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen shaves his head and goes Southern ... or at least South Austin. And this time, it's not even SoCo!!!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Brazos Bend State Park and Palmetto State Park are unique among the hundreds of wildlife refuges in Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

POZ launching new personal ads

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Taking the bark off banana trees with slippers and four tons of potatoes

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

What's behind the rumor that there are again threats to the availability of food supplements?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Basketbrawl – self-defense in Texas

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The ghosts of Pele and El Rey

BY NICK BARBARO

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